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Apple may announce a 5GB iPod Mini next month, alongside the anticipated Flash iPod, reports on the web suggested this week.

It's certainly an obvious upgrade, given that's the capacity offered by almost all Mini rivals on the market today, such as Creative's Zen Micro.

Most of the alternatives to the Apple player are based on Seagate's 5GB, 1in hard drive, with a lesser number of vendors opting for a Toshiba product of comparable spec. The iPod Mini is currently based on a 4GB, 1in drive from Hitachi, it is believed. Whether the Mini update should be read as a capacity improvement on Hitachi's part, or Apple has turned to another supplier, is not clear. Apple sources regular iPod and iPod Photo drives from Toshiba.

That Apple is preparing such an update comes from "reliable sources" cited by AppleInsider. The report also points to suggestions of new colour casings, though it admits such rumours remain unconfirmed.

That also goes for the talk of an iPod with integrated satellite radio to be found over on MP3newswire. It claims Apple may be planning to release a device that can receive signals from the US-based Sirius satellite radio service.

Either way, the updated Mini is said to be lined up for an early 2005 introduction, the same timeframe previously forecast for the Flash iPod. ®

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